The diver spoke about LGBTQ + representation at the Olympics with a message for people to follow their dreams.
The UK diver, Tom daley, he won the gold medal on the synchronized 10-meter platform and the British athlete claimed to be proud of being gay and having managed to reach the top of the Olympic podium.
After a brilliant performance at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, Tom, encouraged all people to follow their dreams by recognizing that in the past, due to being gay, he never would have thought that he would win a gold medal in an Olympic joust.
“I am incredibly proud to say that I am gay and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger, I thought that I would never achieve anything because of who I was. Being an Olympic champion now only shows that you can achieve anything, “he said.
On the other hand, Daley pointed out that the growing representation of the LGBTQ + community in Olympic Games it has the potential to change lives, he noted, after acknowledging that he grew up feeling like “a stranger.”
When the 14-year-old Briton made his Olympic debut in 2008, fewer than 20 of his fellow competitors openly identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. In the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, that number has risen to more than 160.
After winning his first Olympic gold, the 27-year-old said he and other athletes LGBTQ + they could improve the lives of children who feel “scared and alone.”
“When I was a little kid, I felt like a stranger and I felt different and I felt like I was never going to be anything because who I was was not what society wanted me to be, and to be able to see LGBTQ + people performing in the Olympic Games it’s something that I hope can give young children hope, ”he told reporters.
Daley, who won bronze medals at the London and Rio Games, married Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black in 2017 and they welcomed a child in 2018, a situation he referred to as “The massive turning point” of his career as an athlete.
“I realized that if I do really well or if I do poorly in the pool, I can go home with a husband and son who loves me,” added Daley.
With information from Reuters